Job 4

Eliphaz Begins to Speak1

4:1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered:2

4:2 “If someone3 should attempt4 a word with you,

will you be impatient?5

But who can refrain from speaking6?

4:3 Look,7 you have instructed8 many;

you have strengthened9 feeble hands.10

4:4 Your words have supported11 those

who stumbled,12

and you have strengthened the knees

that gave way.13

4:5 But now the same thing14 comes to you,

and you are discouraged;15

it strikes you,

and you are terrified.16

4:6 Is not your piety17 your confidence,18

and your blameless ways your hope?19

4:7 Call to mind now:20

Who,21 being innocent, ever perished?22

And where were upright people23 ever destroyed?24

4:8 Even as I have seen,25 those who plow26 iniquity27

and those who sow trouble reap the same.28

4:9 By the breath29 of God they perish,30

and by the blast31 of his anger they are consumed.

4:10 There is32 the roaring of the lion33

and the growling34 of the young lion,

but the teeth of the young lions are broken.35

4:11 The mighty lion36 perishes37 for lack of prey,

and the cubs of the lioness38 are scattered.

Ungodly Complainers Provoke God’s Wrath

4:12 “Now a word was secretly39 brought40 to me,

and my ear caught41 a whisper42 of it.

4:13 In the troubling thoughts43 of the dreams44 in the night

when a deep sleep45 falls on men,

4:14 a trembling46 gripped me – and a terror! –

and made all my bones shake.47

4:15 Then a breath of air48 passes49 by my face;

it makes50 the hair of my flesh stand up.

4:16 It stands still,51

but I cannot recognize52 its appearance;

an image is before my eyes,

and I hear a murmuring voice:53

4:17 “Is54 a mortal man55 righteous56 before57 God?

Or a man pure58 before his Creator?59

4:18 If60 God61 puts no trust in62 his servants63

and attributes64 folly65 to his angels,

4:19 how much more to those who live in houses of clay,66

whose foundation is in the dust,

who are crushed67 like68 a moth?

4:20 They are destroyed69 between morning and evening;70

they perish forever71 without anyone regarding it.72

4:21 Is not their excess wealth73 taken away from them?74

They die,75 yet without attaining wisdom.76

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